Emergency and disaster management week in review for May 23, 2016
A weekly recap of handpicked emergency and disaster management news, along with analysis and interpretation from our team of experts.
EgyptAir Flight 804
Egypt President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said that no theory should be ruled out regarding the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804. The hunt for the plane's black box continues and authorities have now deployed a robot submarine in the search. Much is still unknown about the crash of Flight 804, and, as of yet, there have been no claims of responsibility from any militant group regarding the incident. Conflicting reports over final moments of EgyptAir Flight 804 continue as authorities investigate the plane’s deadly crash into the Mediterranean Sea. An Egyptian aviation official said that the flight did not swerve or change direction before it disappeared, while Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos initially said that the aircraft swerved 90 degrees left and then 360 degrees upon entering Egyptian airspace before plunging dramatically. A forensic official said that human remains retrieved from the crash site of the plane suggest there was an explosion on board that ultimately brought the plane down, however the actual cause of the crash is still unknown.
Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province of Indonesia erupted on Saturday, killing at least seven people and leaving at least two others critically injured. A thick layer of ash covered several villages and farmlands in Indonesia where rescuers searched for survivors. Officials warned on Sunday that more eruptions could be forthcoming. Mount Sinabung had been dormant for four centuries before reviving in 2010, when it erupted and killed two people. A 2014 eruption also resulted in the death of at least 16 people. of Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island.
At least five people died after a boat carrying more than 500 migrants capsized off the coast of Libya on Wednesday. The large wooden fishing boat was overcrowded and reportedly rocking violently before capsizing. Italian Navy swimmers were able to rescue 562 of those aboard the boat. On Thursday, yet another migrant boat capsized carrying refugees trying to reach Europe and officials are estimating that at least 30 people have lost their lives. Upwards of 6,000 migrants have been rescued in recent days trying to reach Europe illegally from makeshift boats in the Mediterranean.
A 4.1-magnitude earthquake struck Utah Wednesday morning in the state's southern Uinta Mountains. The epicenter of the relatively small earthquake was 26 miles northwest of the small town of Duchesne. No damage or injuries were reported. Recently, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported results of a study that found that there is a 93 percent chance that a moderate earthquake quake would strike Utah in the next 50 years. The study referred to quakes of magnitude 5 or greater hitting the Wasatch Front region of the state. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) also detected a swarm of small earthquakes under Mount Hood on May 15 and 16, 2016. The discovery comes just weeks after scientists detected a swarm of quakes beneath nearby Mount St. Helens. According to the USGS, the recent swarm under Mount Hood is typical for the region; the small tremors occurred on pre-existing regional faults and represent relatively little threat.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced that the water level in Lake Mead is currently at an all-time low amid ongoing drought in the region. Lake Mead is a man-made reservoir on the Colorado River about 24 miles southeast of Las Vegas, NV that serves about 20 million" residents in Nevada, Arizona and California. The Colorado River Basin is in the midst of a 16-year drought -- the worst in its 100 years of recorded history.